1
Apr

How to Correctly Research Purchasing a Car

Most people get this so wrong its painful. What we are going to run through today are the buying decisions you should make when you are thinking of buying a car (supercar) or a bike or superbike. Cars are like all other things, they are expensive but they serve a purpose.

Below are 3 tips I highly recommend when it comes to expensive car buying.

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Let’s be honest, can you afford this?…. Probably Not

What can you afford?

Realistically this is a question that all people should ask themselves before going into a car dealership. But do they ever do it? F no! They have a ball park figure which is usually blown out of the water when you see something you really want. Instead have 50% of your car in your bank (more on that below) this way you know that if you spend more you can get into real trouble!

Tip: Shop around. This not only helps you get a better price for the same car but you also have a more clear mind when you haven’t been talking to the same sales rep for an hour!

Debt isn’t the same as credit.

So what do I mean by this? Well Debt isn’t the same thing as credit. Most people think that both debt and credit are a bad thing and they couldn’t be more wrong. Debt is bad. Credit is good, credit allows people to buy expensive things by taking additional money from their “future selves.” When this mounts up too high though, people need to reduce their debt before getting more credit, but that’s not exactly how it works usually.

When this comes to car buying the key is to avoid taking out a loan bigger than 50% of the car’s value. This is the easiest and most straight forward way to ensure you never get into any issues with the debtor. This way even if you do have a few tough knocks then you can simply sell the car for around 60% and pay back the entire debt, ensuring no negative connotations.

Lose the Ego

If you are looking to just impress your friends don’t lay out 100,000s on purchasing the brand new Ferrari, instead just hire a Ferrari for a few days, or even better? Don’t be so freckin vain! But if you do decide to go down the rental route then the prices you’ll be looking at are below (image form ferrarihire.co.uk)

Ferrari Hire Prices

As you can see your ego can be a very expensive thing! Instead of this I recommend just biting the bullet and using some of the tips we outlined above when it comes to purchasing decisions. Remember that as soon as you buy a supercar it loses about 25% of its value instantly….. There’s asset depreciation and then there are car sales! Unlike a house this will never go up in value (unless it becomes an antique) and as a result you should always be extremely careful where and how much you pay for any car you buy.

Thanks for reading, have a good one.

5
Nov

How to Research Lawyers & Solicitors in the UK

Finding a good lawyer or solicitor can be really difficult, we have all heard horror stories of people who have hired a solicitor and they have turned out to be unqualified or even worse dam-right rubbish! But with this guide we hope to put your mind at ease by showing you the ways you can actually go through a lawyers background to check if they are the people for you. The easiest way to find the best solicitor in your area is to talk to people who have had good experiences, but if you are new to an area, or no one you know has any experience with there local solicitors then you have to do the research and leg work yourself.

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The process:

UK Solicitors imageThe first step is relatively obvious, you want to go to google.co.uk and type in your keyword. For this example I will be using my local area with is: Salisbury, UK. So I would type into Google something along the lines of legal services Salisbury UK you can add additional keywords or change the search terms themselves but as Google is evolving and becoming smarter, this will likely give you much the same results anyway.

Now what I recommend is selecting from one of the top 3 results (in both the maps results and the organic search listings.)

Now I know some people will be thinking, these results can be manipulated by search engine optimisation, but the truth is, if they are in the top 3 for your local area, chances are they have hired an SEO consultant who is pretty good and hence pretty expensive! If they have the money to spend on this, don’t you think they have made the money by being good at what they do? Good businesses spend good money because they can!

Once you have your list narrowed down to 3 the next step is easy.

Solicitor Salisbury ImageGo to the individual websites and look at the cases or options, this might also be in the form a blog post, but most of the time they should have the cases they have worked on, or at least are working on.

What you are looking for here is something that they have already had that is similar to your issue. I mean I know I would rather work with a law firm that has tackled and WON something very similar to what I am dealing with. It’s obvious really!

The final step is to reach-out to these firms in the right way. You don’t want to just randomly call or email them. Instead what you need to do is explain your situation and say it’s very similar to case number: 50200 or whatever the case number is. This shows the solicitors themselves that you know a thing or 2 and also shows them that its a winning case, it’s a win win win situation!

Thanks for reading an remember to share this to those people in need. I can say from experience that getting caught up in the law is not a good place to be!

24
Oct

How to Research for a Business Premise (Stop Working From A Garage)

Getting your first premise as a business can be a very stressful and often time consuming process with the number of both legal, personal and financial restrictions, its no wonder that many people have to go to co-working places and a number of virtual offices, when all they actually do is work from home. The below guide is a small list of things to remember we put together for the business owner whose not sure if they should move into a serviced office, virtual office or just still work from home. A side-note: If you are working from home but find your earnings growing quickly you should consider an office or factory, this will help you disconnect between work and play, it will also help reduce stress too! This is what my problem was when I first started working from home! People think it will reduce stress but it actually increase it.

The first time business property tips – (Stop Working From A Garage)

business locationLocation?

The first thing you should consider when looking at business premise is the property. Do you really need a business location near your house or would it be better in the City? If you are a business to consumer business then I’d recommend getting a premise with a great location in a busy central location. If you are a business to business seller then think it might be cheaper to set up shop outside of the city and actually get a nicer office than going into a small place in the city? All these things should be considered.

business sizeSize?

Size of a business depends on where and what you should get as your business premises. If you are a shop that sells goods to individuals then generally the bigger the better in relation to price. But if you are a business that is based on a service to the consumer or business you are serving (aka your client) and this service occurs at their location or in the cloud (wifi/internet based) then there is no need for size to be a factor or a limited issue with your business.

What you need?

For example if you need a lot of shelving and racking then you will need an area both high and wide enough to put the heavy duty stuff inside your premise. If you don’t work in this style of environment then you won’t need as much but you will need other storage solutions that make sense for your location. We found that we needed so much racking and storage when we first started that it was actually killing us. We moved out of a house and garage where we started, and didn’t realise how much of the house and garage was committed to the business. Hence this lead to getting a location that was probably in hindsight, too small! Don’t make the same mistake.

12
Aug

How To Research A Business Idea

Doing a Market Research for your Business

Doing a market research is a way for you to find out how much market is available for your product or service. It is essential for understanding that market you are competing in, finding your unique selling point and knowing who will be buying your products. When you find your USP or unique selling point, you will be able to set yourself apart from your competitors and your USP is something that you should highlight when you are doing your advertising.

The most important thing you need to know is determining your tarIntro to market researchget market and potential customers. Finding the right market is important so that you will know if you will be able to sell the service or product that you offer. You can start by asking any existing customers about their opinions. The type of customers that you will get will depend on the services or products that you offer. Once you have identified your market, you can proceed with your market research. You can also visit local business forums and see what happens there to get an idea.

It is important that you get the right kind of information from old customers that you have and from the new customers. You should find out if they will buy what you will be offering. Pinpoint any concerns that they may have like the quality of your product or how you will do against your competitors. It is important that you also investigate your pricing. You should consider your costs and how much your competitors are offering for the same product or service. Get feedback from any potential customers about the price they are willing to pay for what you will be offering. Knowing what they think about your competitors is also important and if there would be anything that you could do just as well or maybe even better than your competitor. Once you have your business up and running, you can ask customers why they prefer your business over those of the competitors. You can also gauge how they feel about the pricing of the competitor.

Learning more about your competition is also very important. You can know more about them by looking into their market reports or any other published information that they have. Among the details that you would be able to get would be their turnover, sales pattern and profit. You can check libraries, trade publications and associations and the local chamber of commerce for these reports. You could also opt to directly go to your competitor. You can ask what they offer and check out their advertising too. Whatever information that you get can be used to develop a business that will challenge your competitor in terms of quality, service and pricing.

Two other ways to know more about the market, customer and competitor are:

  1. Create focus groups.

Gather small groups of people to give you feedback on your product after trying it out.

  1. Use questionnaires. It is preferable to have your questions answered by either a choice of answers or a scale rating. It could be useful to have questions asking for opinions.

Market reports and trend analysis will give you an idea about the market you will be entering, the competitors and if there are trends that you should be aware of. Your research will also depend on the finances that you have, the product or service that you are offering and the market you are in. So before you start up that business, do your research first!

Thanks for reading :).

12
Jul

How To Trade Forex (Learn the Signals)

Before you invest in forex you need to learn exactly how it works. Individuals lose a lot of money on the forex markets by rushing into them and not knowing what to do and trying to make a million pounds in a month!

You cannot do that. You must learn the basics to forex trading before going with the exact strategies used. Below is a video that goes in-depth on the forex trading brokers and which ones are the best for beginners, check it out.

Forex signals are universally used by participants in the currency market as a form of investment . The traditional signal service forex alerts is to convey to the customer to buy or sell in different currency pairs during opportune moments . These signals can be sent to the customer in various ways , such as email , text message ( SMS) or through the trading platform.

Forex Trading Signals

The methods of signal transmission by email or SMS are not the most efficient and can cause unnecessary losses for as long as the operator can lose in receiving signals (latency ) . Therefore, the most efficient way to transmit signals is directly by the customer trading platform . That’s the same way that our customers receive their signals and alerts when operating in the currency market.

Often beginners or inexperienced traders look for signs of buying and selling automatic because they require much less work . The problem with this kind of signals do not allows the operator to advance the development of the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in the market. Not understanding the why behind the signs , the operator remains stagnant. Sooner or later, this type of trader loses all his money . Therefore , most of the time the visual cues in Forex are more beneficial than automated operators . Some of the advantages of the system generation graphics signals to which our customers have access are: